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Old 06-05-11, 02:59 PM   #1
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Holy Heart Rate!

I did my last century today prior to Ride the Rockies. I felt tired last week so I actually rode less and easier-and it worked! Another example of the importance of recovery.

The century I did is in the NC mountains but is really flat-only about 4000 ft of climbing. I've done it 3 times and every time I finished in under 5 hours. The trick is to work hard early to stay with the lead group for at least 15 miles until the course smoothes out and it's easier to hang with the group.

There were 900 riders so it's important to stay near the front to avoid crashes. I was so close to the front I found myself leading the 900 riders after about 5 miles!

However staying with the front group was harder work today. My Heart Rate was way too high. I saw it hit 180+ and my max is 194. After a number of miles I started getting that quesy feeling you get after too much exertion. Since having to take 3 months off getting my Aerobic fitness back has been the biggest challenge.

So I backed off and rode with some other groups where I could keep the heart rate more manageable.

I wore my 50+ bike kit and got LOTs of comments.
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Old 06-05-11, 03:05 PM   #2
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I'm glad you are back on the bike.

What with your swan song and physical stuff I thought we had lost you to the links...

Good Luck out west!
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Old 06-05-11, 04:15 PM   #3
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Elevation in the Rockies will keep you from doing that!
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i envy you going to COlorado... it's a great place to ride. You can count on setting speed records on the downhills, as there is less air friction I have gone about 56... and I was passed by a tandem that was going even faster... however, that is too fast. It was exhilarating though. Have a great trip!

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I did my last century today prior to Ride the Rockies. I felt tired last week so I actually rode less and easier-and it worked! Another example of the importance of recovery.

The century I did is in the NC mountains but is really flat-only about 4000 ft of climbing. I've done it 3 times and every time I finished in under 5 hours. The trick is to work hard early to stay with the lead group for at least 15 miles until the course smoothes out and it's easier to hang with the group.

There were 900 riders so it's important to stay near the front to avoid crashes.
I was so close to the front I found myself leading the 900 riders after about 5 miles!

However staying with the front group was harder work today. My Heart Rate was way too high. I saw it hit 180+ and my max is 194. After a number of miles I started getting that quesy feeling you get after too much exertion. Since having to take 3 months off getting my Aerobic fitness back has been the biggest challenge.

So I backed off and rode with some other groups where I could keep the heart rate more manageable.

I wore my 50+ bike kit and got LOTs of comments.
You get the most aggressive rider award.
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Old 06-06-11, 05:33 AM   #6
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Sounds like you have a great trip coming up and you are prepared for it. I think you will find that your hills will easily have preped you for the Rockies. Remember your history, the settlers found it much more difficult to go over the Appalachian mountains than the Rockies.
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Old 06-06-11, 05:45 AM   #7
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There were 900 riders so it's important to stay near the front to avoid crashes. I was so close to the front I found myself leading the 900 riders after about 5 miles!
If I knew the ride was going to be that slow I would have come out!

Sounds like you're back to form.
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Old 06-06-11, 07:16 AM   #8
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If I knew the ride was going to be that slow I would have come out!

Sounds like you're back to form.
It was slow until I got out front and made all 900 suffer-or I think it was just me!
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It was slow until I got out front and made all 900 suffer-or I think it was just me!
Typical- Thinking of the other riders.

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900 riders!!? How does one find out about such events with large attendance anyway? My resources seems sparse at best, and they rarely post the attendance to expect.
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